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A Message from New Pitt Football Coach Todd Graham




Jan. 12, 2011

It is an honor and privilege to be your football coach at the University of Pittsburgh!

As I write this, I am not even 24 hours into my new job. But I wanted to reach out to you - the driving spirit behind the Panthers - to introduce myself and express my excitement in joining this outstanding university.

As I entered our practice facility yesterday, I was immediately struck by the awesome tradition that is Pitt football. It is a tradition of commitment and honor -- and championships. Before I was a football coach I was a football fan, so it was a powerful moment for me to stand in front of the glass-encased lockers of John Majors and Mike Ditka, two men I've long admired for how they played and how they coached.

As Pitt's new head coach, I am very aware of Pitt's tremendous legacy. It is my promise that we will honor Pitt's great tradition and work to build upon it. I believe there isn't a football program in the country that has more potential for future greatness than the University of Pittsburgh.

I wanted to share with you our goals for Pitt football. They are, in order:

1) Produce men of character and integrity. If we don't achieve this goal, then we can never reach our other aspirations.

2) Graduate every single one of our players. I want every young man who comes under our watch to earn their degree from this prestigious university.

3) Win the Big East Championship. It is our goal to bring home the Big East title on an annual basis.

4) Win a BCS Bowl. When competing on college football's biggest stage we want to shine.

5) Win the national championship. We know this to be the standard for Pitt and Pittsburgh!

Nothing great is accomplished in this life without teamwork. Our players and coaches need you - the Pitt Family - to help us achieve our lofty goals. I know you share our championship vision and we look forward to working with you to make those championship moments, on and off the field, a reality.

 

 

Tuesday's press conference was an incredibly memorable moment for my family and me. But as soon as it was done, I immediately went to the film room to begin analyzing top recruiting prospects for this class. The quest for greatness begins today.

Again, I'm honored to be your head coach. Thank you for your support and "Hail to Pitt!"

 

Sincerely,

Todd Graham
Head Football Coach
University of Pittsburgh